‘Fantastic’: Radrizzani thinks he's made two brilliant bargain signings during his time at Leeds United
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‘Fantastic’: Radrizzani thinks he's made two brilliant bargain signings during his time at Leeds United

Leeds United owner Andrea Radrizzani thinks two players he signed have turned out to be bargain buys for the club. 

In an interview with the Athletic, Radrizzani said Illan Meslier and Pascal Struijk have proven to be excellent signings that he made during his tenure

Leeds shotstopper Meslier only cost the club a reported £5 million (Yorkshire Evening Post) last summer after he made the switch from French outfit FC Lorient. 

And Struijk joined the Whites back in 2018 as the club poached the player from Ajax on a free transfer (Daily Express). 

Both players have been mainstays in the Leeds side in the Premier League and have proven to be smart buys from the club. 

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Radrizzani told the Athletic: “I don’t think there is any club that nails every player they chase, it’s impossible. 

“I think we should put a line after three or five years and see how many players were successful and how many weren’t. We should then find a judgement over a period of time. 

“We have cases where the performance hasn’t been at the level of the investment and we have other cases which are the opposite.

“Illan Meslier is a fantastic example, Pascal Struijk is another fantastic example. We need to have a judgement overall.” 

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Leeds players turned out to be bargains  

You can’t argue with Radrizzani that both players have turned out to be brilliant investments for the club. 

Meslier has been ever-present between the sticks at Elland Road and played in every single Premier League game last season. At just 22-years-old, the Frenchman will only keep on improving as he is still very young for a goalkeeper. 

At the same age, Struijk has also been a key player for Leeds over the past two seasons in the Premier League. 

The Dutchman was just 18-years-old when he made the switch from Holland and has improved massively as a player. Like Meslier, the player also still has his best years ahead of him and could become an even better player in the future.

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